American University of Nigeria
Apr 05, 2017
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Presidential Search

American University of Nigeria

American University of Nigeria (AUN) Board of Trustees announces an international search for an accomplished academic leader who will serve as the University’s next President. It is anticipated that the new President will assume office by mid- to late-summer 2017 or soon thereafter. 

The University was developed in response to the demand for high quality, American-style education in Nigeria. AUN, located in Yola, was chartered in 2004 and is West Africa’s first private, not-for-profit American-style university.  Western in character but distinctively Nigerian, AUN aspires to international recognition for academic excellence with a distinctive and innovative development focus. American University of Nigeria was created in consultation with, and with assistance from, American University, Washington, D.C. With close to 1,000 students and 80 faculty members, AUN is poised for significant enrollment growth and academic distinction.

The next President of AUN, who serves as the University’s Chief Executive Officer, will have an extraordinary opportunity to influence the future direction of this young institution in its service to Nigeria and West Africa.  The agenda for the new President will revolve around strategic planning, financial management and resource development, strengthening the academic program, fostering community trust, supporting and strengthening the work of the board, and strengthening and further developing facilities and infrastructure.

The special mission of AUN; its location in West Africa; its status as a young, vibrant, and growing institution; its mandate to serve the needs of students throughout Nigeria and West Africa; and the leadership opportunities and needs outlined above, demand particular characteristics in the next President.  The next President must have enjoyed success in a major administrative and leadership role in an American or American-style university, and also possess a strong commitment to the development and ongoing transformation of the African continent through higher education.



We will prioritize the search to focus on academic professionals who are prepared to assume office as early as possible – ideally in summer 2017 or soon thereafter.


All nominations, inquiries and applications will be confidential until finalists are invited to campus in mid-May 2017.  Applications will be received until the position is filled, but to assure full consideration, applicants must have all required materials on file by April 28, 2017.  The review of applications will begin upon receipt and, given the short timeline for the search, candidates are urged to submit applications as early as possible.  Candidates will be kept apprised of their status in the search.

For more about AUN, its current needs, the agenda for the new President, and the skills, experiences and qualifications sought in a new President, see

Please contact Lisa Rosenberg, associate consultant, for application guidelines prior to submitting an application. She can be reached at or (202) 262-4681. Required application materials include a substantive letter of interest addressing key leadership issues outlined in this prospectus; a curriculum vitae that highlights relevant credentials, experience, and accomplishments; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of at least five professional references—along with a brief description of the professional relationship of each reference to the applicant (the references will be called later at the semi-finalist stage with the candidate’s foreknowledge). 

All application materials and nominations must be electronically submitted to:

All inquiries should be addressed to Maya Kirkhope, Senior Consultant at Academic Search. Maya is on U.S. central time and can be reached at (703) 380 9195 or at